Quantel announced a significant technological development at IBC, with what it calls “mutating file systems”. Basically, the techie types at Quantel have managed to re-engineer the computer file to make it possible to work on the contents of a file before the file itself has even been created.
In practice, this means you can start doing frame-accurate editing on QuickTime content in FCP (from anywhere in the world, via the web), whilst content is still being recorded.
Quantel is using ‘mutating file systems’ on a development called Project QTube whereby a shoot can take place anywhere in the world with the producer on the other side of the world able to instantaneously view all the assets from the studio, including the live assets, while the shoot is still taking place.
The producer can ingest, edit and log the content immediately over the web. It’s live and instant and can all happen over a normal internet connection.
Quantel says it will be delivering products based on mutating file systems by the second half of next year.

Staff Reporter